The Lowdown: Tottenham eyeing McKennie
Amid uncertainty surrounding his Juventus future, Tottenham have made contact with the American regarding a potential move in the January transfer window.
A recent report from CalcioMercato details that £26m, or even slightly less, may tempt the Serie A club into selling the 24-year-old, but Spurs have now received a warning not to go ahead with the transfer…
The Latest: Campbell’s comments
Campbell believes that another midfield addition will cause problems in the dressing room for Antonio Conte, as he already has good enough options available, telling Football Insider:
“There’s Hojbjerg, Bentancur, Bissouma – they are already at the club.
“It’s just signing players for the sake of it. These players aren’t stupid, they want to play every game.
“You can accumulate all the players you want, but it’s only going to cause problems in the dressing room.
“If McKennie joins Spurs, he’ll want guarantees that he is going to play. You can imagine how Bissouma will react to that – he’ll be fuming.
“It’ll just cause unrest in that dressing room.”
The Verdict: Get it done?
While Tottenham are already blessed with an array of talent in the engine room, the Texas-born maestro is still a worthwhile purchase for Conte, owing to impressive form for both club and country in recent times.
Although the USA bowed out at the round of 16 stage, the £49k-per-week earner was “excellent” in his group stage display against England, according to Jamie Carragher, a game in which he exhibited his versatility by playing on the right of midfield, a trait which would be useful for Conte.
Despite Juventus seemingly being happy for him to leave, the 6 foot ace has also shown promising signs for the Italian club, particularly specialising in getting on the ball and looking to pick out teammates further up the pitch, as shown by an average of 4.01 progressive passes per 90 minutes over the past year, placing him in the 92nd percentile compared to his positional peers.
It is true that the Lilywhites already have some great options in midfield, but McKennie is a fine player, who should be pursued in January.